Season After Pentecost (Proper 26[31]) – The Epistle Passage: The value of commitment, love, and sacrifice

But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer, sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God!” (Hebrews 9:11-14)

Granted that the writer of Hebrews (Paul) is trying to make a point of how Jesus Christ is the perfect high priest and worthy to be the Messiah – but I am trying to make a point too. Jesus did not shed his blood so that he could be seen as the perfect Messiah; he did it because of unconditional love, and a commitment achieve redemption and salvation for all of creation. And I guess that really says all that needs to be said. Selah!

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